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Allen reaches career high in passing, Bills beat Dolphins

Sun Sep 20 5:19pm ET
By PAUL GEREFFI
Associated Press

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) congratulates tight end Reggie Gilliam (86) after Gillam scored a touchdown, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) looks to pass, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) runs the ball A Buffalo Bills strong safety Micah Hyde (23) attempts to stop him, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jerome Baker (55) attempts to stop Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (26), during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) celebrates with wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) after Diggs scored a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) scores a touchdown as Miami Dolphins cornerback Noah Igbinoghene (23) attempts to tackle, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Buffalo Bills tight end Reggie Gilliam (86) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla (AP) Josh Allen threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns, both career highs, and the Buffalo Bills beat AFC East rival Miami for the fourth consecutive time Sunday, 31-28.

Allen reached a career high in yards passing for the second week in a row, and became the first Buffalo quarterback to have back-to-back 300-yard games since Drew Bledsoe in 2002.

Trailing 20-17, the Bills (2-0) reclaimed the lead with 5:55 left on a 6-yard pass from Allen to rookie Gabriel Davis, who made a diving catch in the end zone. Allen's 46-yard pass to John Brown stretched the lead to 31-20 with 3:09 left. The Bills totaled 524 yards, with 342 in the first half, the most by the team since 2000.

The Dolphins closed to 31-28 on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Mike Gesicki and a successful 2-point conversion with 49 seconds left.

The onside kick was recovered by the Bills' Micah Hyde.

Allen threw touchdown passes to four receivers and Stefon Diggs led the Bills with eight catches for 153 yards.

The Dolphins had a first down at the Buffalo 1 late in the third quarter but failed to score, with Preston Williams dropping a fourth-down pass.

Fitzpatrick went 31 for 47 for 328 yards and two TDs.

With the Bills leading 17-10, the game was suspended for 36 minutes in the third quarter due to lightning in the area.

After the delay, the Dolphins offense got a spark and scored 10 consecutive points to take a 20-17 lead. A third-quarter field goal by Jason Sanders was followed by a 2-yard touchdown run by Jordan Howard.

The Bills had scoring drives of 97 yards, 84 yards, and 73 yards in the first half. But a 27-yard pass from Fitzpatrick to Mike Gesicki set up a 52-yard field goal by Sanders on the final play of the half to close the Dolphins within 17-10 at halftime.

The Bills took a 7-0 lead on a 97-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard pass to Reggie Gilliam. It was the first NFL touchdown reception for Gilliam, an undrafted free agent out of Toledo.

SPECTATORS ALLOWED

Masked fans were scattered throughout the stadium, and the announced crowd of 11,075 was smaller than the maximum of 13,000 being allowed to attend the home opener. Almost half of the spectators wore Bills colors.

Groups of spectators were required to space at least 6 feet apart in both the lower bowl and upper deck. The crowd was less than 20% of the stadium's capacity.

ANTHEM

Both teams stayed in the locker room for the playing of ''The Star-Spangled Banner.''

INJURIES

Dolphins CB Byron Jones left in the first quarter with a groin injury and did not return. Bills TE Dawson Knox left in the third quarter with a concussion.

UP NEXT

Dolphins: play Thursday night at Jacksonville for the first time since 2015.

Bills: host the Rams next Sunday. The teams last met in 2016.

Player Notes
Darius Slayton Sep 20 6:50pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton caught 3-of-6 targets for 33 yards in a loss to the Bears on Sunday. It was a disappointing game for Slayton after his huge game in Week 1, however, his fantasy stock is still trending up. With Sterling Shepard (toe) and Saquon Barkley (knee) exiting with injuries, more targets should be available for the 23-year-old. Slayton has 15 targets through two weeks so he should continue to be a big part of the New York offense.

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Michael Gallup Sep 20 6:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup only caught two passes in a Week 2 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons. He was able to gain 58 yards and was targeted five times in a game where quarterback Dak Prescott made 47 throws. Gallup was well behind wide receivers CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, who each saw nine targets their way, and tight end Dalton Schultz, who saw 10. Gallup will have some huge games here and there, but he's the least likely of the three Cowboys wide receivers to put together a consistent string of fantasy performances. He's best used in best-ball formats or carefully matched up in standard leagues.

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Christian McCaffrey Sep 20 6:50pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) will have an MRI to discover the severity of the ankle injury he sustained in his team's loss to the Buccaneers. McCaffrey was on the sideline and wasn't ruled out, though he never returned to the game. The team is optimistic that it's not too serious, though the MRI will be telling. Hopefully the number-one fantasy player from 2019 will be able to suit up for fantasy managers as soon as Week 3 against the Chargers. If not, backup Mike Davis would see most of the work, with Trenton Cannon and possibly even receiver Curtis Samuel factoring in for some touches.

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Dalton Schultz Sep 20 6:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz led the team in targets with 10 in a Week 2 win over the Atlanta Falcons. He caught nine of those passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. After starting tight end Blake Jarwin went down with a knee injury in Week 1, it was assumed the Cowboys would mostly go away from involving the tight end in the passing game, but Schultz had other ideas. His score came on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth quarter, helping the Cowboys to their impressive 40-39 comeback win. If Schultz continues to see this kind of involvement in the offense, he could be the least expected TE1 in many years.

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Stefon Diggs Sep 20 6:50pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs was a tough man to slow down during the Week 2 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Diggs hauled in eight of his 13 targets for 153 receiving yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Josh Allen did miss Diggs a few times, but made up for it. During that game, Diggs caught four passes for 20 yards or more. The Dolphins had no answers for Diggs, but he'll have a more difficult matchup next week. He'll go up against Jalen Ramsey and the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3. Fantasy owners should be able to count on Diggs as a low-end WR2 for that one.

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Ryan Tannehill Sep 20 6:40pm ET

Tennesse Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 18 of 24 passes for 239 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, as the Titans beat the Jaguars 33-30. The Titans have now come up big in the final minute two weeks in a row and are in first place in the AFC South. The Titans will face a young Vikings secondary in week three.

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Parris Campbell Sep 20 6:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (knee) did not tear his ACL in his team's Week 2 win over the Vikings. Campbell suffered a knee injury on a carry in the first quarter and was carted off the field. The team believes it's not a torn ACL, but Campbell will have an MRI on Monday to determine the full extent of the injury. The speedy playmaker had gotten off to a promising start in Week 1 with 71 receiving yards, so at least there's some hope that his season isn't lost. If Campbell is forced to miss time, fellow receivers T.Y. Hilton, Zach Pascal and Michael Pittman Jr. (toe) would see a boost in targets.

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Golden Tate Sep 20 6:40pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate caught all five of his targets for 47 yards in a loss to the Bears on Sunday. Unfortunately for Tate, the story of his game will be a costly pass interference penalty in the red zone as time was expiring. Other than that, however, Tate looked good after being questionable with a hamstring injury. With the rash of injuries New York has on offense, Tate should see a higher target-share moving forward, especially on short area passes. He's a solid flex play in fantasy for a Week 3 matchup with San Francisco.

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Zack Moss Sep 20 6:40pm ET

Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss wasn't able to find much room to run during the Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins. He rushed eight times for 37 yards and did not catch any passes at all. He continues to split up the carries with Devin Singletary. The fact they split the carries will limit their fantasy value going forward. Singletary appears to be getting more done on the ground, so they might lean on him more often going forward. Fantasy owners should consider Moss a touchdown dependent RB3 for his Week 3 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.

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Amari Cooper Sep 20 6:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper caught six passes in an impressive Week 2 comeback win, gaining an even 100 yards. Cooper tied with rookie CeeDee Lamb for the lead among wide receivers with nine targets, both falling one behind tight end Dalton Schultz's 10. It was a strong performance from Cooper and the entire Cowboys offense, as they were down 20-0 after the first quarter and managed to come away with a 40-39 victory. Cooper has a tougher matchup against the Seahawks Defense next week but should remain a solid WR1/2 in that one.

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Benny Snell Jr. Sep 20 6:30pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. returned to a backup role behind James Conner in a 26-21 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 2. Snell carried the ball just three times for five yards, lost a fumble, and lost four yards on his lone reception. It was a rough outing for the second-year runner who was a surprise 100-yard rusher in Week 1. The Steelers' actions on Sunday told fantasy gamers that they plan on utilizing Conner as their bell-cow running back as long as he's healthy. Don't despair if you spent a waiver claim on Snell, however, as Conner has been one of the most injury-prone players in the league the past two seasons. Pittsburgh faces the Houston Texans at home in Week 3.

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Tony Pollard Sep 20 6:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard only got three touches in Week 2. It was one touch less than the four he received in Week 1. Pollard continues to work as Ezekiel Elliott's direct backup and has league-winning upside if anything happens to Elliott, but has very little if any stand-alone fantasy value. He should be rostered in every fantasy format, but should not be started as long as Elliott remains on the field.

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Adrian Peterson Sep 20 6:30pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson carried the ball seven times for 41 yards in the team's 42-21 loss to the Packers in Week 2. The future Hall of Famer ripped off a 25-yard run early in the game but the running game was erased after the Packers built a multiple-score lead in the second half. Peterson also shared backfield snaps with Kerryon Johnson, who saw eight carries in the game. Peterson is worth stashing on a fantasy bench but lacks RB2 appeal heading into the team's Week 3 matchup against the Cardinals.

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New York Giants Sep 20 6:30pm ET

The New York Giants Defense looked like it was in for a long afternoon after giving up 17 points in the first half at Chicago. The unit found it's footing however and allowed nothing in the second half and were able to pick up four sacks and two interceptions to give the team a chance to win late. The Giants defense isn't one of the top unit's for fantasy purposes, but have an intriguing Week 3 matchup vs a 49ers team that suffered several injuries to key players this week. If QB Jimmy Garoppolo can't play the Giants Defense would be an intriguing start in a home matchup.

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Marvin Jones Sep 20 6:30pm ET

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. caught only four passes for 23 yards in the Lions disappointing 42-21 loss to the Packers in Week 2. Jones Jr. has been tasked with stepping up his play with star receiver Kenny Golladay sidelined but has failed to elevate his game through two weeks. The Packers offense was too much for the Lions as they played catch-up for most of the game. Jones Jr. has shown in the past to be a sturdy asset in fantasy but, right now, is not fantasy viable heading into Week 3.

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Derrick Henry Sep 20 6:30pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry ran for 84 yards on 25 rush attempts during Sunday's 33-30 win against the Jaguars. He was also targeted twice in the passing game but recorded zero receptions. Combining Sunday's final statistics with Henry's Week 1 performance (3.7 YPC), the star running back is off to an inefficient start to 2020, though he is still the beneficiary of a massive volume share of carries. The 26-year-old has already garnered 59 offensive touches through Tennessee's first two outings, as the Titans now prepare for a Week 3 matchup against the 0-2 Vikings.

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Diontae Johnson Sep 20 6:30pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson had a big afternoon in a 26-21 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 2. Johnson caught eight of his 13 targets for 92 yards and a touchdown in the win. This marks the second straight week where fantasy gamers saw Johnson lead Pittsburgh in targets as he has drawn 23 through two games, nine more than JuJu Smith-Schuster. Johnson's score came on a 28-yard reception at the end of the third quarter. It's too early to say for certain but fantasy gamers may be looking at a 1A/1B situation between Johnson and Smith-Schuster going forward. Johnson is a solid WR2 going forward.

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CeeDee Lamb Sep 20 6:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb led the Cowboys in receiving in an amazing comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons. Lamb caught six passes, gaining 106 scoreless yards. He was targeted nine times, tying Amari Cooper for most among Cowboys wide receivers and falling one being the 10 targets seen by tight end Dalton Schultz. It was an impressive showing by the rookie wide receiver, who should have even more upside as he continues to settle into the offense. With the Cowboys running plenty of three-wide sets, especially now with Blake Jarwin (knee) out for the year, Lamb's fantasy arrow is pointing straight up.

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Devin Singletary Sep 20 6:30pm ET

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary had a fairly decent game on the ground during the Week 2 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Singletary rushed 10 times for 56 yards and hauled in two receptions for 20 yards. He continues to split up the carries with rookie Zack Moss, but both of them saw action on the goal line this week. Sadly, Singletary won't have great value going forward with Moss in the picture. He can remain on the radar as a RB3 versus the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3.

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Ezekiel Elliott Sep 20 6:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott scored a touchdown in Sunday's incredible comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Elliott ran the ball 22 times for 89 yards and a score, adding six catches for 33 more yards. Quarterback Dak Prescott ended up scoring three of his own rushing touchdowns, so this could have been an even bigger game for Elliott, but anyone who had him in their fantasy lineups likely wasn't too disappointed. Elliott gets a tough matchup with the Seahawks Defense next week but will be an RB1 like he is every time he suits up.

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